from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous parasitic protozoans that produce infective spores and often have complex life cycles involving both sexual and asexual reproduction. Sporozoans cause diseases such as malaria and cryptosporidiosis. Most sporozoans, which were formerly placed in the class Sporozoa, are now classified as apicomplexans.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the characters of the Sporozoa; pertaining to the Sporozoa.
  • noun A member of the Sporozoa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of many parasitic protozoans, of the class Sporozoa, that reproduce alternately sexually and asexually via spores; they are responsible for diseases such as malaria

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun parasitic spore-forming protozoan


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Sporozōa, former class name : sporo– + -zōa, pl. of -zōon, -zoon.]


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